Hello Ladies and any Gentleman that may be joining in.
My name is Tonia and I'm always ready to make new friends. I have just retired three weeks ago and I'm ready to sew, blog and farm full time. Our farming is basically raising chickens (the girls) and a personal vegetable garden. I'll be sharing a little of that, and then a little of the sewing and quilting, and of course pictures of what goes on around home and what few times we do leave the farm. I just started blogging last year so that I would half way know what blogging was about when I had time to do so. So, I am off and running. I want to thank Vicki for taking this on yet another year, and all of her wonderful helpers.
There is a give-a-way, and this is my first. Make sure I have your e-mail in your comment. That's all there is to it. The winner will be announced on Feb. 15th. If you don't respond by email firstname.lastname@example.org within 48 hrs. another winner will be chosen.
The prize is a pattern by WWW.Fabric-Creations.com "Spring Chickens"' along with the fabric, also by WWW.Fabric-Creations.com You will need to only supply the sweatshirt or what ever else you may want to applique.
I'm just posting a few pictures because I know there are a lot of blogs to visit and friends to make. These will give you an idea of what to expect here.
This is what we woke up to this morning, it's only an inch of snow but isn't it amazing how God can make it so beautiful. Or at least I thought so, the girls thought otherwise, Mo came out and went right back out.
a couple of older stuffed animals
I found these vintage blocks at a yard sale this fall, any suggestions of what to do with them
And this is a project that will be finished and posted in a blog hop in a couple weeks. It will be quite different from what you see here.
Beautiful photos of your crafts and ladies!! I have been a follower for a little while and enjoyed reading some more about you and your life. The GYBP is a great way to 'meet' new friends and enjoy their 'company' and little looks into their lives and passions! Have a wonderful week - Kerrie BReplyDelete
Hi Tonia! Nice post and nice giveaway. Your vintage blocks are wonderful. Not sure what I would do. Probably add a narrow sashing and a border and make a wall hanging. Or maybe a square table topper. Have fun with the hop.ReplyDelete
Hi Tonia. I have been following you for a while and love dropping in to see what you are doing. I like hearing about your girls. They always make me smile.I hope to see more of your creations and hear more about farm life this year since you have retired. Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
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Hi, to ia! Lovely post. My husband and I also live on the farm in the Midwest. I love all your handiwork. I do a little quilting myself but mostly needlework cross stitch me needlepoint. I look forward to following your adventures on your blog.ReplyDelete
Hello love (that's a British Greeting ;0) ) I would so love to meet your girls. My mum, sister and I stayed in a fab B&B where the lady of the house walked about with one of her girls tucked happily under her arm.ReplyDelete
I wish we had garage sales over here that I could go to, it all looks like such good fun. Love the vintage blocks, wow what a find.
Nice post, Tonia! I think I enjoy the pictures of your "girls" the most. Good luck with the blue blocks. I have some vintage blocks too that are just sitting in a box. I guess I'm afraid to mess them up so I leave them alone. No sense in that.... they should be enjoyed. Happy retirement!ReplyDelete
What a pretty website you have, enjoyed the visit and have followed you. Love that you have chickens as I would like to have a few myself. With that said I love your give away.ReplyDelete
Thanks for posting at my blog, Tonia. Yours is very appealing to browse through and become a follower, too.ReplyDelete
A pleasure to meet you Tonia. Thank you for visiting my blog. I quilt a bit. I say you were lucky to find those squares at a yard sale. If you don't quite have enough to make a full sized quilt you can find a matching fabric and make sashing (in either white or navy) and then a nice wide border a two borders, a white inner one and a navy blue outer. The possibilities are endless. I have done that on a couple of occasions to make something bigger than originally planned.ReplyDelete
Congrats on retiring! Great pics!ReplyDelete
Just wanted to say, thank you for visiting my blog and following. I retired a few years back and it's quite different but nice. I love your hens. I like you blog very much. I love the design. Happy retire.ReplyDelete
Hi Tonia! My name is Kelly and it's so nice to meet you and browse through your lovely blog. My husband and I were in your neck of the woods last year on the Bourbon Trail visiting some of the distilleries. To be quite honest, it was a lot of fun! Have a wonderful week!ReplyDelete
Hello Tonia, so pleased to have found your blog through Grow your Blog party! I love the things you sew and hope to try a bit more quilting this year myself! The blue squares you found are just lovely!ReplyDelete
I'm now a followers so I can join you on your creative journey!
Hi ,visiting from Vickie blogReplyDelete
It is good to meet you! I look forward to following you. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Nice to "meet" you Tonia. I'm having great fun visiting around on the GYB party. Welcome to retirement, you'll have such fun with quilting, it's a wonderful hobby. Have fun on the blog hop, and drop by my blog at Stitch Lines if you can. I live in eastern Canada where we have a major blizzard going on today. Lots of snow and high winds.... The girls would not like it, I'm sure!ReplyDelete
Stopping by from Dogwood Lane and the GYB party and love your hens and of course Don! You are going to LOVE retirement! So much to do and at last time to do it! Looking forward to more.ReplyDelete
Hi Tonia! Your chickens are adorable...both the real and the appliqué, Hehe! Those blocks look like a great start to a couple of amazing quilts, good luck...can't wait to see what you do with them!ReplyDelete
Okay I honestly don't care for snow, but the snow in the trees is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to your posts. I am following you via email. Have a great day!ReplyDelete
Love your yard sale find. I would sew it up as is and just enjoy whatever size it turns out to be. Old blue and white is my favorite. Cute sweatshirt pattern too.ReplyDelete
The fabric is so cute.ReplyDelete
The snow is so pretty. I love snow that clings to the trees like that. We don't get snow very often here but now that I am retired I look forward to it.
Hi Tonia! It's nice to meet you and browse around your blog...it really is beautiful!ReplyDelete
I would almost faint if I found vintage quilting blocks like yours at a sale...what a great find! It would be so interesting to learn of the hands who put them together. Add your touch and make it yours.
I love the vintage blocks! I'd love one framed alone -- I think it would be delightful. I love your images you shared, too, just wonderful.ReplyDelete
I miss snow! But our chickens don't seem to. We only get snow once a year at most. Glad to see your lovely pictures.ReplyDelete
alexis at cobcottagecraft.com
Love that fabric. I wish I could have chickens where I live!ReplyDelete
I love the chickens. The new quilt will be very nice. I like the colors.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed getting to know you!! I totally remember making sweatshirts into cardigans!! I ue to LOVE to do that. Keeping my fingers crossed as this would be a fun one to make!! I'm your newest GFC follower. Looking forward to seeing what you create in the coming year! Stop by! Val from myplvl.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Love the blog and the give away!!!!! I love black and whites and plaid!!!! Yummy:-). email@example.comReplyDelete
I love your chickens! Your blog is fresh. Thank you for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Cool fabric! Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
love the chickensReplyDelete
Seems like everywhere I visit, someone is showing how sweet their chickens are. Not sure how much longer I can resist getting some of my own. :) I've enjoyed my visit!ReplyDelete
I love the chickens! and lovely fabricReplyDelete
Visiting, via GYB, from St. John's, NL Canada. Great photos and lovely giveaway. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for th giveways. Congratulations on your retirement, i love the vintage blocks. Hoping to win those lovely fabrics and pattern.ReplyDelete
Good morning, Tonia . Just checking back in to see if you received my e-mail on the instructions for the FB. badge, and I have a question to if you don't mind, please. How did you get the code for your button. I tried my in photo bucket with no success . It didn't make sense, to me. Thanks for any help. God Bless have a great day.ReplyDelete
Aforable projects, I like your little stuffed animals. They are so cute. We had chickens in VA bit since we moved I have no place for them. I miss them. Congratulations on your retirement, now you will have more time for quilting.ReplyDelete
Good to meet you! I have chickens too!ReplyDelete
No snow in my part of the UK!
Lovely post! I am already a follower (thought I'd visit those I follow first - can't wait for the weekend when I am planning on all the visits.ReplyDelete
Oh, sorry, was going to say ... I love your chickens!ReplyDelete
Wow those vintage blocks are beautiful...well done you for rescuing them...thanks for the chance to win...WBooth-Boyd@hotmail.comReplyDelete
Loved seeing your chickens - they're just like the ones we had on the farm when I was growing up. I also had a little bantie (or is it banty?) rooster and hen that were my pets. Thank you so much for having us over for a visit!ReplyDelete
Tonia - I enjoyed reading your blog. Hopefully in a few years I can retire, too. The chicken applique is adorable. Thanks for hosting the give-away. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
great giveaway! i'm doing a series of chicken postcards for a chicken-loving friend of mine that moved across the country and I have "sewn chicken" on my list of ideas.ReplyDelete
What a fun blog! Someday I want to have chickens! I'm a new follower and so glad I stopped in for a visit!!ReplyDelete
Lucky lady, I have a few years yet before I can retire. I love chickens too. Your quilts are fun! I'd sash those blue vintage blocks in an ecru and quilt them up. Have fun! Visiting from the GYB hop.ReplyDelete
Hi Tonia, It is nice to meet you. I love your chickens - I sometimes wish we had some for the eggs but I'm not sure I want another commitment! Enjoy the blog party! SusanReplyDelete
Congrats on your blog and retirement! You are so generous to offer this giveaway!ReplyDelete
I had forgotten to leave my contact details. My email is afistfuloflemons @ gmail. :)Delete
We lived in MO for 10 years and had chickens (among other farm animals). I loved the fresh eggs! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway.
Wish we had chickens but the Mr. doesn't want to deal with any livestock or poultry.ReplyDelete
Popped by from GYB.
Love your chickens! Thanks for a chance to win.ReplyDelete
Good Morning Tonia, I hope you got my return massage , on the stuffing and about your stockings for Christmas. I think I have it working now ( the return ) I mean. Have a Blessed Day. BRAP'SReplyDelete
It's nice to meet you and see your creativity here on your blog. I'll be back.ReplyDelete
Lovely chickens, I have someone in mind to make this for should I be the lucky one. Thanks for the chance.
Good Morning - I enjoyed reading your blog! Have a happy weekend.ReplyDelete
I love finding quilty things at garage sales. I would probably sew them together with a narrow sashing for a table topper.ReplyDelete
I would love to win the Spring CHickens pattern and fabric - I love chickens and your photos are lovely of the chicken going in and coming out. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyDelete
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I'd stitch up those vintage blocks and send the quilt to charity. Plenty of need, especially for male-friendly quilts.ReplyDelete
acabo de descubrir tu blog y me gusta leerte, saludosReplyDelete